History Talks

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ROGER GREEN recalls how St Peters Church—on the Market Hill—was saved from possible destruction in the 1970’s, whilst also revealing glimpses of the building’s past.

As a music teacher at Cornard Upper School ,(now Thomas Gainsborough School) he also describes the building of the Prospect Theatre there—together with some of its famous visitors.


MARGARET HIBBLE talks about her schooldays in the 1940’s and 50’s, when she was told that, ‘Girls don’t study science’. (Undeterred she still got a job in a laboratory!)

Margaret also reminisces about ‘sweet rationing’, life before the coming of electricity to the Waldingfield Road and of Sudbury in the 1960’s with its cattle market, cinemas and coffee bars.

PHYLLIS FELTON remembers her time at Walnuttree Hospital where she nursed for many years, beginning her training there in 1959. She vividly describes the building, its history and the Nurse’s Home where she lived.

Local characters are also recalled together with the creation—and resurrection—of Sudbury Museum.

Enter into the aspirations of a band of promoters who tried to build a railway from Long Melford to Hadleigh over a century ago.

What were the dreams and ambitions of early twentieth-century promoters in planning this light railway and what may it have been like?


Following a visit to France, Anne Grimshaw returned home with a pair of flying goggles and the name of a French village where they had been found by a local farmer in 1945 during the Second World War.

Why were the goggles there?

Who had they belonged to? What had happened?

A mid-air collision of two American bombers from their airfield at Mendlesham, Suffolk, en route to German targets resulted in 17 crew members killed along with three civilians and several houses destroyed in the village.

But there was one survivor. Who was he? What did he do?

Join Peter Minter and Andrew Phillips on a tour go the Bulmer Brick and Tile Company.

All Bulmer bricks are hand-made, using traditional methods of making, drying and firing in a coal burning, down-draught kiln. This has been the traditional way since Tudor times.  

Anne tells the fascinating story of how a flight bag found on eBay led to a story that involved the USAAF in Sudbury during 1945.

With an introduction by Mark Bills (Gainsborough's House)

May looks at the fabrics that were used in Gainsborough’s paintings.

Sue talks on the history of Sudbury's Middle Schools and her career at All Saints.